PSFS - November 2022 E-Newsletter
Prep for Minori Harvest in 2019
Dear Powell Street Festival Friends,

After Halloween frights, we're excited to get cozy at our upcoming events! Read on for news on these exciting happenings.
In this letter:
  • Upcoming Events: Residuals (住み・墨) featuring Shion Skye Carter is THIS WEEKEND at The Dance Centre, followed by our annual Minori Harvest event in Oppenheimer Park, and Kyōdai, an exciting new event at the Fox Cabaret
  • Society News: Open call for artists & designers, updates on Festival applications, and a teaser on what's to come
  • Community Announcements: News on the upcoming Vancouver Asian Film Festival
Don't forget to stay connected through our social media! We are easy to find as @powellstfest on Instagram and Twitter, Powell Street Festival on Facebook, and as Powell Street Festival Society on YouTube.

Society News

Photo by Lula-Belle Jedynak

Residuals (住み・墨)

By Shion Skye Carter
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St.
November 4 & 5 2022

Created and performed by the award-winning young choreographer Shion Skye Carter, Residuals (住み・墨) is a captivating solo which draws visual, sonic, and physical influences from Japanese calligraphy. Dynamic brushstrokes inform Carter’s movement as she traverses sheets of translucent paper, evoking an abstracted memory of her Japanese grandparents’ rural home. These memories spark a journey of introspective self-discovery, where the layers of her identity begin to unfurl. The performances on November 4-5, 2022 also include a short new solo, Awake of Dreaming, choreographed by Ziyian Kwan, commissioned by and in collaboration with performer Juolin Lee.

Presented through The Dance Centre’s Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award Co-presented with Powell Street Festival. With support from Canadian Heritage. This presentation is made possible by Dumb Instrument Dance’s sponsorship through City of Vancouver Cultural Services.

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Minori Harvest

November 13 1:00 PM
Free Event
Oppenheimer Park, 488 Powell St

We hope you’ll join us for a meal of butternut squash miso soup and art-making at Minori Harvest in Oppenheimer Park! Hosted by the Advocacy and Outreach Committee, this free event will feature an arts and crafts table inviting attendees to respond creatively to theme of harvest and the autumn season. Paper, markers, and other craft supplies will be provided and all participants will have the option of submitting their work for potential publication in the Advocacy and Outreach Committee's zine, the paueru gaizette! See you at the park Sunday November 13 at 1 PM.

This event is organized by Powell Street Festival Society's Advocacy and Outreach Committee, with support from Oppenheimer Park & Carnegie Community Centre, Vancouver Japanese Language School & Japanese Hall, and ongoing support from Yakashiro Farms.

Read more about our annual Community Care programming here


December 3 at 7:30 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)
The Fox Cabaret 2321 Main St. and Streamed online
Sliding-scale tickets $18-$50 (plus processing fee)

Join Japanese Canadian musicians Jason de Cuoto, Prince Shima, and Āza Nabuko as they interrogate their Japanese heritage in a multi-sensory concert experience in collaboration with Powell Street Festival Society and the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre. Gather with us at the Fox Cabaret as these musicians of varied musical backgrounds explore the theme of kyōdai (siblings) through the lens of curated, sought-after home videos from pre, during, and post WWII Internment, produced by artist and video archivist Jeffery Chong. Kyōdai acts as a rallying call to embrace our heritage, deepen communal bonds, and reveal what’s known and unknown about our relationships past, present, and future.
Also at the event, get your hands on some Powell Street Festival merchandise and chat with friends from the festival over refreshments from the Fox’s bar. Kyōdai will also be live streamed online, so you can take part in this one-of-a-kind sonic and visual experience from anywhere!

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Society News

Photo by Andrew Chan of Kokoro Dance & Jo Passed. Backdrop designed by Shizuka Kai.

Open Call for Artists & Designers

Leave your mark on the Powell Street Festival Main Stage! We are currently seeking submissions from artists, illustrators, and graphic, scenic, or other designers to create our next Diamond Stage backdrop, which will become an integral part of the visual atmosphere of our festival for years to come.
Powell Street Festival Society happily invites submissions Canada-wide, across disciplines and levels of experience from those who will be able to complete the large-scale, final design. Please share this call to be shared to those whose work we may not be familiar with yet.

There are three steps to the selection process for this project:
  • First, please submit a link to your portfolio or samples of your work using the form below by January 5, 2023 to be considered.
  • Three shortlisted candidates will be engaged to submit a preliminary sketch and design direction. This preliminary work will be paid ($200 per artist), and is not expected to be fully realized.
  • The complete design will be awarded to one candidate from the shortlist, and the final backdrop will be digitally printed in time for the 47th Annual Powell Street Festival in August 2023. More details will be provided to shortlisted candidates.

We are looking forward to your submission, please click the link below to begin!
Submit Now

Support Powell Street Festival Society

Stay tuned for the exciting launch of our winter fundraiser! Your donations will directly fund care packages to be distributed in the Downtown Eastside in the new year.
Read more about our annual Community Care programming here

Festival Update

Be notified for Festival Applications

Applications to perform or participate in the 47th Annual Powell Street Festival will be live in January! Click the link below and we'll send you a reminder when they're live.
Sign up!

Community Announcements

26th Annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival

November 1-13, Cineplex International Village Cinemas & Online

Powell Street Festival is excited to be a Community Partner of the 26th Annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival happening Nov. 3-13, 2022 at Cineplex International Village Cinemas and online.  As a supporter of VAFF, we can offer our members a 25% discount to any of VAFF's in person or virtual film programs (opening film excluded).  Discount code - csvaff25 on any ticket

They have also provided these 3 film recommendations and here is the link to their full festival film program if you would like to see additional films.

Thank-you to our Sponsors & Donors

Thanks for reading!

We hope we'll see you at one of our upcoming special events! Until then, stay in touch through our website and social media to see what else we're up to.
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Thank-you to our individual monthly donors for October:

Beth Carter, Boonie Soon, Colin Yakashiro, Edward Takayanagi, Emily Yakashiro (in memory of Bryan Yakashiro), Jana Squires, Judy Hanazawa, Kathy Shimizu (in memory of Mio and Victor Shimizu), Kam Fung Li, Kyle Yakashiro (in memory of Kazuyo Yakashiro), Laura Ishiguro, Madeline Keller-MacLeod, Randi Edmundson, Rebecca Ho, Rieko (Rachel) Enomoto, Rika Uto, Shaena Kobayashi, Shaunn Watt, Susan Doi (in memory of Tomoaki and Mitsue Doi)

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Powell Street Festival Society is proud to present this resource in partnership with the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (Toronto) and the National Association of Japanese Canadians.
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